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Bug 51538 - Man cannot display man pages: macro file safer missing for troff
Man cannot display man pages: macro file safer missing for troff
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2001-08-12 03:29 EDT by Need Real Name
Modified: 2009-09-21 17:58 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-12 04:14:14 EDT
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Description Need Real Name 2001-08-12 03:29:14 EDT
Description of Problem:
When trying to display man pages using the common 'man' command (e.g. 'man 
ls', an error message is displayed:

"troff: fatal error: can't find macro file safer"

How Reproducible:
Every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install RedHat 7.1 (seawolf) using RedHat ISO (seawolf-i386-disc1.iso) with 
french settings (locale and so on)
2. Restart computer
3. Type 'man ls'

Actual Results:
"troff: fatal error: can't find macro file safer"

Expected Results:
Well, the man page for the 'ls' command at least ;)

Additional Information:
 I should have put this into a much higher severity level because it is _very_ 
annoying !
Comment 1 Need Real Name 2001-08-12 04:14:10 EDT
Well, I found that the groff packages on my Redhat 7.1 CD was broken.
Don't know if it comes from the ISO image (any idea anyone ?) or just from the CD 

Download of the groff package from RedHat ftp fixes the problem.


Comment 2 Ben Levenson 2002-01-25 19:24:09 EST

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